Mount Vesuvius looms across the bay from Naples, 5.6 mi (9 kms) away from the city. It is the only mainland European volcano to have erupted in the last hundred years although it is currently sleeping. Most famously it erupted in 79 AD, burying Pompeii and Herculaneum in ash, killing an estimated 10,000 to 25,000 people.

Today it is still regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes because 3 million people live nearby and Vesuvius' eruptions tend to be explosive rather than gentle. The last eruption was in March 1944 which destroyed several nearby villages.

Practical Info

Since 1995 Mount Vesuvius has been a national park and you can hike all the way to the summit. A road goes to within 660 ft (200 m) of the top. From there a spiral walkway around the mountain takes you to the crater. It can be a bit steep but there is a handrail and people providing walking sticks (for a price). Closed shoes are recommended as the path can be stony.

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Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples, Naples, null
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Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1347 Reviews

Experience legendary Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius, the only active volcano in continental Europe, on this fully guided day trip from Naples. Visit Pompeii’s ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.23
Mt Vesuvius Half-Day Trip from Naples, Naples, Day Trips
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Mt Vesuvius Half-Day Trip from Naples

4 star rating: Recommended 67 Reviews

Visit the volcano that destroyed Pompeii on this fascinating afternoon trip to Mt. Vesuvius from Naples. Traveling to the top of the only active volcano in ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.48
Full-Day Private Tour to Vesuvius and 3D Virtual Reality Tour of Pompeii, Naples, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Full-Day Private Tour to Vesuvius and 3D Virtual Reality Tour of Pompeii

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This tour combines a private tour of Mount Vesuvius with a local guide and a Pompeii tour with a licensed guide plus 3D virtual reality headsets. You will be ...  Read more

Location: Pompei, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $796.72
Half-Day Tour to Mt Vesuvius, Amalfi Coast, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Tour to Mt Vesuvius

This tour, available either the morning or the afternoon, allows people to visit Mount Vesuvius, traveling in a very comfortable Mercedes vehicle. The driver ...  Read more

Location: Amalfi, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $212.82
Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Day Trip from Naples with Lunch and Wine Tastings, Naples, Half-day Tours
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Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Day Trip from Naples with Lunch and Wine Tastings

Explore the archaeological wonders of Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius with an incredible food and wine experience. Benefit from skip-the-line, pre-booked entry to the ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 8 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $151.70
Mt Vesuvius 4x4 Tour from Sorrento Including Hike, Lunch and Wine Tasting, Sorrento, Day Trips
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Mt Vesuvius 4x4 Tour from Sorrento Including Hike, Lunch and Wine Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 88 Reviews

Venture to the top of legendary Mt Vesuvius on this half-day tour from Sorrento. Board an all-terrain 4x4 vehicle for a fun, rugged ride through Vesuvius ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.77
Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius from Sorrento, Sorrento, Day Trips
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Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius from Sorrento

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Explore remains of the Roman town of Pompeii and climb the mountain that destroyed it. Stare into the volcanic crater of Mt. Vesuvius, and get panoramic views ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.30
Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Herculaneum Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii, Naples, Cultural Tours
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Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Herculaneum Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Guilty of decimating Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD 79, Mt Vesuvius looms over the Bay of Naples like a beautiful, silent menace. Stopped in their tracks by ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.02
Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Tour by Bus from Sorrento, Sorrento, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Tour by Bus from Sorrento

4 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Guided tour with licensed guide to discover the Romans remaining in the archaeological site of Pompeii and climb till the crater’s edge of the famous Volcano ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.30
Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius 4x4 Sightseeing Tour, Sorrento, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius 4x4 Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

This  is an excursion which takes you up to 1300 meters height on the biggest active volcano of Europe on the mainland. Pick up will happen at your hotel ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.22

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